As the name suggests, NYAH Key West is self-described as ‘not your average hotel’. A bold statement that had me intrigued. While in town seeking out all the odd attractions in Key West and the best places to drink that don’t suck I had the opportunity to stay at NYAH Key West and see for myself just what makes it not your average hotel.
Entering NYAH from its street-side gate you already see that this is not your average hotel. There is no grand entrance or manicured grounds. Just what appears to be another gorgeous Key West home. Once you walk through the front door you can’t help but be surprised by the ultra clean, modern, and understated appearance of the lobby.
Past the lobby (and the free Starbucks coffee machine) you enter the courtyard which consists of 3 stunning pools, loungers, and a breakfast bar. The whole area gives off a laid back and easy style only found in the Keys.
What really makes NYAH Key West not your average hotel are the rooms. Gone is the traditional king and queen beds, furniture, and mini bar. Instead, you’ll find single beds that can be customized to suit your needs. With its customizable (and surprisingly comfortable) bed frames, NYAH rooms can be easily configured and arranged to your party’s (and party) needs.
With its customizable rooms, NYAH Key West has been able to pull off what other accommodations in Key West can’t – a hotel with high-end amenities at a reasonable rate. Hotels in Key West are not cheap. Warm climates and a high demand keep vacancy at a minimum. This makes planning a girls weekend getaway or guys fishing trip a costly one. Let’s say you were planning a bachelorette party for the bride and five friends. At a traditional hotel in the Keys this would mean 2 to 3 rooms at an inflated price. Ouch. Here is where NYAH Key West can help. Rooms can quickly be customized to sleep up to 6 people, keeping your costs down in the process. Pretty awesome.
Although I was told you cannot purchase a single bed in a dorm room, NYAH Key West is listed on hostelworld.com and does have that hostel feel. Rooms include handy storage lockers that can only be opened by your room key and each bed is outfitted with a convenient cubby including 110 V and USB power outlet for charging your smartphones and tablets. Nice touch.
The hostel feel of NYAH Key West pretty much ends at the room. Bathrooms are modern and feature large tiled showers. The courtyard offers plenty of space to soak up some of that Florida sun and the pools will keep you cool when needed. There’s also a hot tub and heated pool for those nighttime dips. Fast, free, and reliable wireless Internet is available around the property and a well-stocked continental breakfast is included in your stay.
Unlike most budget-minded accommodations I’ve stayed at, NYAH Key West is not in a seedy part of town. Nor is it parked in the middle of nowhere. This, not your average hotel is located only four blocks off busy Duval Street. Although Key West is a very walkable city, bike rentals are available from the hotel and are a lifesaver in the afternoon heat. Visiting the cats at the Hemingway house or barhopping the unique places to get a drink in Key West is a breeze from NYAH.
The NYAH Key West Hotel is a great choice for those visiting the costly city of Key West. The unique approach to accommodations is being noticed (4.5 average on TripAdvisor and climbing) and could eventually become a common fixture in busy tourist cities around the world. Opening a hostel/hotel has been somewhat of a dream of mine as I could pull from all my favourite locations to create the best stay possible. Looks like NYAH Key West, this is not so average hotel, has beat me to it.
Although I was provided a complimentary stay at NYAH Key West,
the experience, opinions, and not-so-average stay are my own.